June 25, 2014 |
A photo from 2004 shows Jose David Ortega standing triumphantly at the site of a housing complex in Williamstown. He is wearing a tool belt and a backward cap, with a pile of wood beams to the left, a freshly erected home in the background. "He enjoyed [seeing] the house finished," said his mother, Odily Castro, in her East Camden home Monday. Ortega, 40, who went by his middle name, took delight in his work - completed houses, solid cement at his feet, his two young sons by his side.
June 16, 2014 |
When he lived on the 1300 block of North Sixth Street, near Thompson Street, Netanel Levi routinely awoke to the sound of horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping off to meet tourists in Center City. James Ludlow Elementary School and a 1998 Mural Arts Program scene formed another view. The neighborhood - Old Kensington, an area running from Front Street to Sixth, Girard Avenue to Berks Street - was experiencing a renaissance. And in 2006, Levi had a hunch that this was the block he should develop.
May 8, 2014 |
PATCO expects to lose about 300,000 of its 10 million riders because of construction delays this year, and officials said Tuesday that passengers will face crowded trains, late trains, and changing schedules during the heaviest construction period this summer and fall. A $103 million rail construction project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, which will close one of two commuter train tracks for two months-long periods after Memorial Day, "is going to dramatically impact our ability to move passengers," John Hanson, chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, told a public gathering in Center City on Tuesday.
April 28, 2014 |
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
April 5, 2014 |
Tables were packed so tightly at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's construction investment breakfast Thursday that a loose bull would have wreaked real havoc. But the bullish vibe among the 200 officials from construction companies, government agencies, trade unions, and engineering, architectural and law firms in the ballroom was clearly evident. "There's a lot more smiling," said panelist Stephen P. Mullin, president of Econsult Solutions, an economic-analysis firm in Philadelphia.
March 23, 2014 |
PATCO rail commuters got another dose of delays and crowding on Friday evening rush-hour trains, as construction work and a broken-down train hampered service. It was the first rush-hour of PATCO's newly revised construction schedule, which will continue through Memorial Day on Fridays after the morning rush and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. An eastbound train was taken out of service at the 15th-16th and Locust station, after passengers and crew heard a loud bang. There were also reports of smoke, and Philadelphia firefighters quickly arrived, but PATCO president John Hanson said later there had been no fire or smoke.
March 20, 2014 |
ON ITS website, H&M tells potential hires how much they'll be treasured by the behemoth company. "It's important that you feel appreciated and treated well in every way," the Swedish low-priced, high-style fashion retailer assures those who join its 105,000-plus global workforce (whose benefits package is so rich, it even includes pet insurance). "In the long run it's your well-being that is the key to our success. " If only the company's construction people cared as deeply about the well-being of H&M's neighbors.
March 19, 2014 |
PATCO train passengers won't have to deal with rush-hour construction delays on Mondays until after Memorial Day, the commuter rail agency said Monday. After delays, breakdowns, and a nerve-racking train evacuation last month, PATCO had suspended weekday track construction on the Ben Franklin Bridge. The revised construction schedule announced Monday will restrict bridge construction work to between 10 a.m. Fridays and 4:30 a.m. Mondays. But at some point after Memorial Day, things will get much worse for commuters.
February 21, 2014 |
To ease passengers' frustration with late trains and crowded platforms, PATCO may change its construction schedule on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the commuter line's chief said Wednesday. PATCO may temporarily reduce the track-replacement construction work to weekends, said John Hanson, acting chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, which owns and operates PATCO. Since Jan. 18, PATCO has been closing one of its two tracks on the bridge from 11 a.m. Fridays until 3:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
February 4, 2014 |
TRENTONMore than a year after voters approved $750 million in funding for New Jersey colleges, some state Democrats are questioning the timing of how the bonds are released, while state officials say the money will still come through as expected. Voters approved the funding in a referendum in fall 2012, a measure to support construction and infrastructure projects such as building new classrooms or overhauling WiFi networks. The state issued $100 million in bonds in May. No new bonds have been issued from the $750 million initiative since.